Having Another Cat In The House
I am a Siamese cat. As soon as I see an unfamiliar cat that my owners have brought into the house, I have the desire to scratch out her eyes. Why am I so angry?
Each cat has its own personality, but in certain breeds, some character traits are more pronounced. Siamese cats are more unrestrained in their emotions than others and less likely than others to admit unfamiliar cats into their home.
Under certain conditions, cats get along well with each other. The most important thing is early contact with the future neighbor. If cats grow up side by side since childhood, they will not only coexist peacefully, but, perhaps, mutual communication will be extremely pleasant for them. Siamese cats in particular will behave like members of the same family, will often sleep together, play and even, on occasion, hunt together.
But all of the above does not apply to cats that have already met as adults. By that time, the cat was already accustomed to a certain routine. She has already managed to train her masters to perfection and is jealous of the intrusion of another cat into her living space. The hostess cat will most likely try to survive the alien from its territory. But here’s the problem: the owners have closed the doors and the stranger has nowhere to go. To avoid this, owners should be very careful when introducing a new cat into the house. She should be placed in a separate room, while the house cat, especially if she is a Siamese cat, should have freedom of movement throughout the rest of the house. The host cat should be allowed to sniff the guest, but not vice versa.
Getting Overwhelmed By Rushing And Jumping Around
I’m usually unflappable, so why do I sometimes get overwhelmed by the urge to rush around the room and jump on the wall?
Cats differ from humans, and especially from dogs, in exaggerated self-esteem and regal manners. They do not play up, do not please, do not show excessive emotions. When faced with danger and in relationships with other cats, during the hunt and on vacation, enviable composure helps them everywhere.
It is very difficult to maintain such composure. After all, it is just a pretense. Outwardly, the cat is always calm, but inside … When a cat faces danger, adrenaline spreads throughout its body, heart rate increases, blood pressure changes, and skin temperature rises. But no matter what, the cat will not betray its true feelings.
When the danger has passed, the cat’s body returns to its normal state, but emotions are looking for a way out: even a cat who has excellent control of himself needs to let off steam. Hunting cats do this after they have caught and killed their prey. They dance around her in joyful excitement. Cats that do not have free range are deprived of this opportunity. Instead, they have “crazy half an hour” when they give out the accumulated energy, rushing headlong throughout the house. Many people like to bounce around furniture. They sweep across the carpet, then fly onto a chair or sofa, and from it rush into the next room. Others run around the room in circles, speeding up to the limit. At such moments, they disregard the law of gravitation and, using centrifugal forces, rush along the walls, trying to soar as high as possible.
Issues After Having Cat Children
I think that I am a very good mother, but over time my kittens start to get on my nerves, and I catch myself yelling at them and pulling at them all the time. What is happening to me?
Like humans, cats have a period when their own children get on their nerves. In humans, this period lasts when children are between the ages of twelve and eighteen. In cats, when their kittens are twelve to eighteen weeks old.
Maternal care mainly determines whether the kittens will survive. Cats rarely show any interest in their offspring, but mother cats must feed, comfort and protect their babies; at the same time, they develop a warm, caring attitude towards kittens. A mother cat, concerned about the safety of her litter, is the most dangerous cat.
If the social ties between the mother and her kittens continued, she would never want them to leave her and become independent. It is equally important that they themselves would not want to leave her. But as soon as the cat loses milk and the level of female hormones changes, her need to take care of her offspring fades away. At the same time, kittens’ games are becoming more and more aggressive. Their sharp, like needles, teeth and claws hurt the cat, and she has every reason for irritation and resentment. Her sons are especially aggressive in their games-battles with her, and she responds in kind. Soon, realizing that you can’t play with your mom anymore, they collect their thoughts and leave. In natural conditions, where food sources are limited, kittens-daughters sooner or later do the same.
Changes After Cat’s Mother Passed Away
After the death of my mother, I became unsociable and nervous. Everything scares me. Will it ever get over?
Cats certainly know how to grieve. And since people often replace their loved ones with cats, sadness can also be caused by the loss of a loved one.
Feline anguish has been researched by veterinarians and even psychiatrists. It is most often seen in addicted cats accustomed to love and care. A cat that has lost its loved ones loses orientation. She is looking for a lost friend, does not find a place for herself and meows endlessly.
Melancholy cats often refuse to eat. They play less and may stop caring for themselves. If the cat is no longer young, this can be misinterpreted as senile renal failure or even senile dementia. This is a dangerous delusion: a sad cat may be simply yearning, and if this is the only thing (and not a disease), the situation can be corrected.
The cat will cope with its sadness if its owners understand that it requires special treatment. If the veterinarian has not found any medical cause for obvious depression, the cat should be handled more often, stroked, talked to her calmly, and regularly combed and tidied up her coat. She needs to be given tasty, nutritious food, preferably with a strong pleasant smell, and, if necessary, hand-feed. A new routine should be established for her, with the help of which the cat who has lost a close friend can develop an emotional relationship with the one who replaces him.
Communicating With A Kitten
Will communicating with a kitten make the feeling of loss easier for me?
Not right away. If a cat is grieving over the loss of a companion, a new kitten will not be a worthy replacement for him. The loss is irreparable. No one can replace a departed friend. In the future, the yearning cat will be able to establish a relationship with another cat, but this will happen only after new, different from the previous, connections develop.
Loneliness is not as hard on cats as it is on humans or dogs. As a matter of fact, it is by no means rare that in a house where two cats lived, after the death of one of them, the other just does not jump for joy. For a cat left alone, the loss of a companion means taking full possession of the territory, and, as can often be seen, she develops a more sociable temperament, she becomes livelier, more affectionate, more often purrs. After a while, her fur coat thickens, she gains weight and feels much more confident.
If this is exactly what happens, there is no need for the cat to bring a new kitten into the house. However, if the owners want to have another cat, then it is best for them to take a kitten, not an adult cat, and introduce him into the house as I advised.
Sleeping All The Time & Nothing Else
Recently, I suddenly felt tired, indifferent, and lethargic. The strength left me. I want to sleep all the time and nothing else. Is this what people call depression?
Perhaps not. Cats do suffer from depression, and from this they become distracted and lose interest in life. They can stop taking care of themselves, often refuse to eat. Any major change in a cat’s lifestyle can lead to depression, but if her character changes, owners should first think about the possibility of physical illness.
If the cat suffers from these major changes, it needs a veterinary examination. This condition may be due to a simple fever caused by a circulating infection caught in a cat fight. Using antibiotics will lead to almost instant recovery on the same day.
A number of other, more serious diseases, such as kidney and liver diseases, sluggish viral infections, anemia, and some types of cancer, cause similar clinical symptoms of apathy. An accurate diagnosis must be made before starting treatment.
When other medical reasons for the change in cat behavior are ruled out, it can be assumed that the only cause is depression. Her treatment is of a completely different nature, it is primarily gentle treatment, although sometimes antidepressants are also beneficial. A depressed cat needs special care. If the cat stops looking after itself, owners should take it upon themselves and keep its fur in proper order. If she stops eating, hand feed her nutritious and delicious-smelling food. With good, affectionate treatment, most cats recover from depression and without the help of medication.
Older Cats Recovering Cancer
I’ve heard that cancer is quite common in older cats. I also heard that he is now recovering. It’s true?
The likelihood of cats contracting any type of cancer increases with age, and indeed, some of these types are now curable and some can be prevented.
Cats Having Illness
And the last question for my hosts. Some of them sneeze when I’m around, some have itchy skin and watery eyes, and some even find it difficult to breathe. Are all these ailments really caused by me, such a small, innocent creature?
Unfortunately yes. There are more people who are allergic to cats than people who are allergic to dogs, but a cat can somehow help solve this problem.
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